South County Showcase 2019 RULES




This is a Class I & III tournament and is open to all Boys & Girls U9 –U19 from CYSA and all teams affiliated with USSF. Qualifying applications will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. The Tournament Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any application. All decisions, judgments and rulings of the tournament referees and officials are final.


All games that require a winner shall go directly to FIFA KFTM

Home team shall

           1.  Have choice of half of field to sit on

           2.  Have choice of direction to start the game

           3.  Have kickoff to start the game

           4.  Change Jerseys in the event of a color conflict

           5.  Provide game ball

Forfeit one game forfeit all games

Players and coaches shall sit across the midfield line from the opposing team and across the field from their supporters

Age matrix


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Teams will play in calendar year age brackets for 2018-2019 calendar year per Cal South.

All players must have approved player ID cards and medical release forms.

U10 and younger age groups will play 7v7

U11 and U12 will play 9v9

U13 and older will play 11v11.

Teams must be affiliated with FIFA and/or USSF, players and coaches must have

laminated cards.


All USYS teams will need proper travel papers.


Game Lengths


U12 and younger will play 25 minute halves

U13 and older  will play 35 minute halves


Rosters & Team Check-In


Teams will check-in a minimum of 90 minutes prior to their first game on the first day of tournament, unless 8am game is scheduled then 60 minutes prior to first game.

At check-in, a completed and signed Team Roster (supplied by field marshal) must be submitted by the Coach or Manager who must certify that all players are eligible. The Team Roster can be found under the "Players" section of your team application. Please make sure you review the player roster and update by Wednesday night before the start of Tournament.

Managers may write in addition players at check-in but after check-in no addition players may be added.

At check-in the team administrator must present a laminated player card with photo and signed player registration /medical release form for each player on the roster.

Unlimited loan players will be permitted with a maximum roster size of

U12 and younger 14 players

U13 – U15 18 players

U16 and older 22 players, 18 max per game.

No player may compete in the Tournament on more than one team.

AYSO teams with AYSO player cards are accepted.

Players from non-USSF affiliated organization playing as a guest for a Cal South

competitive club team must have a valid Cal South player card to play.


Player Equipment


Shin guards are mandatory for all players.

Proper soccer shoes must be worn by all players (those that contain a toe cleat will not be allowed)

Players must not wear anything that is dangerous to himself/herself or another

player (including jewelry)


No player will be allowed to play with an injury which could be aggravated by

playing or which, in the opinion of the referee, constitutes a danger to themselves or others.


Player Substitution


Substitution by a team shall be unlimited but only with the permission of the referee.

Substitutions may be made by both teams, with the consent of the referee, any stoppage in play per FIFA rules.

Substitution shall be made at midfield within (10) yards of the halfway line. The substitute player shall not enter the field of play until allowed by the referee and the player substituted has left the field of play.


Scoring System


The 3-Point scoring system will be used.


Win = 3 points

Tie = 1 point

Loss = 0 points


Tie Breaker


If two teams are tied in points at the end of the preliminary rounds, the following tiebreaker procedures will be implemented to determine a winner:


Step 1 - The winner in head to head competition

Step 2 - Goal Differential (max 4 goals per game)

Step 3 - Most number of shutouts

Step 4 - Least number of Red Cards

Step 5 -If a tie still exists after Steps 1 through 4, FIFA Penalty Kicks will be taken thirty (30)minutes prior to the scheduled start of the appropriate Semi-final or Championship game.

If a three-way tie exists within a Pool after Steps 1 through 4, a three way coin flip will be conducted. The two teams with the same flip result will proceed to FIFA Penalty Kicks (Step 5). If all three teams have the same flip result, there will be a re-flip until one team is eliminated.




Coaches have complete responsibility for the conduct of their players, bench, friends, and spectators at all times. Each coach or substitute remains within 10 yards on either side of the halfway line.

No coach, substitute, or spectator makes derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other coaches, players, substitutes, or spectators.

No coach, substitute, or spectator uses profanity or incites, in any manner, disruptive behavior.

If in the opinion of game officials, a game must be terminated for misconduct of players, bench or spectators, the offending team can be suspended from further play and forfeit that game and all remaining games. In this event, all previous points earned remain as played.

Any player or coach ordered from the field of play (RED CARD) will not be allowed to participate in the next match as a minimum and if violent conduct occurs the player or coach may be ejected for remainder of tournament at discretion of Tournament Director.

Two YELLOW cards during a match shall be ejected for remainder of the match and will serve a one game suspension.

Any player or coach who assaults a referee will be expelled from the Tournament immediately.

Any cards issued will be reported to USYS in a tournament report and thereby to the home club/league of the player, coach, team or supporters involved except that all matters involving a referee assault shall, in accordance with USSF Rule II08, be referred immediately to USYS. The home state association and the home club/league of the player, coach, team or supporters shall, except in the case of referee assault, have the responsibility for imposing, should the circumstances warrant, additional sanctions within their respective jurisdictions with regard to matters arising from the tournament.


Inclement Weather


In the event of inclement weather, which the Tournament Committee deems as being unsafe conditions for the players and/or the fields, and competition cannot continue:


Matches that are at the half time or are in the second half will have the score stand as final.

Matches that are in the first half of play may be shortened, kicks from the penalty mark, or other means, as determined by the Tournament Committee, may be used to determine winners.

If the tournament is cancelled due to inclement weather prior to the start of competition, teams will be issued partial refunds according to Refund Policy.




Refund Policy


Full refunds will be made to all teams not accepted.

Teams must drop in writing prior to the registration deadline to receive a refund.

Requests for (DROPS) withdrawals from the tournament will only be accepted from  Administrators (Contact Person or Coach) listed on the team application for the tournament.

Refunds provided to teams that drop prior to the deadline, will be assessed a $50.00 administrative fee.

Teams that drop after the above-mentioned dates will forfeit their entire entry fee.

If the tournament is cancelled as a result of weather or acts of God, teams will

receive a full refund less an administrative fee of $150.


Score Corrections


At the end of each game, each Coach or Team Administrator must carefully review and sign the game cards.

Coach or Team Administrators should review posted scores to verify scores are properly recorded and contact Field Marshal and/or Tournament Director immediately of any possible errors. The score card is official match record and may not be changed except under the following circumstances:


If Coaches/Team Administrators of both teams, meet with Field Marshal and agree to a score correction, the Field Marshal will correct the score and other records accordingly.

If Referee verifies incorrect score was recorded, Field Marshal (with Tournaments Director’s approval) may correct score and other records accordingly.

Scores incorrectly posted shall be investigated by Field Marshall by checking original match record and corrected accordingly.


Venue Rules & Restrictions


Smoking is not permitted in the immediate vicinity of any playing site.

No pets shall be permitted in the immediate vicinity of any playing site.

No alcoholic beverages shall be permitted in the immediate vicinity of the playing site.

No person shall be permitted to appear on, or in the vicinity of, the playing site in an intoxicated condition.

Breaking the law is under the jurisdiction of the local Police / Sherriff’s Department, not the Tournament management team. Proper authorities will be contacted as deemed necessary.

All games will be considered final and no protests will be allowed.